Thursday, June 9, 2011

Drinking the Google Kool Aid!

In a few short days, my amazing middle school staff will "GO GOOGLE." We are beginning a Google Apps for Education pilot, and our kickoff is on June 20th and June 21st. As I prepare to get teachers "hooked" on this collaborative technology, what tips and tricks should I be CERTAIN to include? (For me, it's the fact that you can put attachments on calendar events.) What "googley" item helps you every day? Let me know in the comments and I'll include it!

7 comments:

  1. We don't use Google Apps at my school. :( But, I do personally and I love Google Docs. This next year I'll be using Google Sites for the first time and incorporating calendars and attaching docs to events in the calendar. I hope it works out.

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  2. I love my Google Docs and have shared this app with many of my students who have computer/internet access at home, but don't have a word processing software on that home computer. I am also a huge fan of Google Reader. Using reader makes it so much easier to stay on top of blogs I find informative.

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  3. Thanks for the great ideas. I will be sure to feature reader!

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  4. I push the Wonder Wheel search option. It organizes the information into categories which really helps students "see" the information rather than just pick at random. I also like the Google Tasks, which allows you to keep to-do lists with notes.

    A little bit different, but I also have really like A Google A Day which is a puzzle that tests your key word usage and Guess a Google, which let's you guess the topic word from a set of pictures.

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  5. Google A Day is awesome. It's such a great search tool for instruction.

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  6. I have recently started investigating the benefit of google apps in education. I learned about using Google Earth for virtual literary field trips. The Lit Trips that Google Education provides can be extremely beneficial in helping students understand setting and historical context in an interactive and engaging way. i teach Night and Macbeth at the high school level, so this tool fits perfectly into my curriculum. Students are able to visualize the setting and chronological sequence of events as they read the texts.

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  7. Erin.. great suggestions. I will have to do some GEO work with my teachers.

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